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Grainger secures Aldershot new homes contract

Developer Grainger has secured a contract for the delivery of up to 3,850 new homes at a former military barracks in Aldershot.

The Aldershot Urban Extension scheme has been awarded planning approval by Rushmoor Borough Council, with the project now set to move towards its first phase of construction in the coming months.

A joint venture put forward by the Homes and Communities Agency, the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) and Grainger, the project will see a range of new community services being delivered at the 255-hectare former Aldershot Garrison site.

These will include two new primary schools, a total of 110 hectares of green spaces for recreation, sports facilities and the refurbishment of six listed buildings, including the Cambridge Military Hospital.

Councillor Gareth Lyon, chairman of Rushmoor Borough Council's development control committee, said: "This is great news for Rushmoor. The development represents a huge investment in our borough, bringing more people to Rushmoor, providing much-needed new homes, new jobs and a welcome boost to the local economy.

"It is a powerful statement of the ambition of our borough - to be the best place to live and do business in the south-east."

Up to 35 per cent of the new properties being delivered as part of the scheme will be affordable homes, ensuring locals seeking to get a leg up on to the UK property ladder are more able to do so.

In addition, Grainger has been tasked to ensure the proud military history of the site is not lost. The company will therefore have to stick to strict guidelines to ensure all new properties built as part of the contract fit in with existing structures and the landscape.

Completion of the site's refurbishment is expected to take between 12 to 15 years. It is a long-term project put forward by the DIO, although the first tranche of new housing and amenities - around 176 family homes and 52 flats - will be made available much sooner.

Work on the scheme is now scheduled to get underway early next year. 

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